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Doctor insights on: How To Get In Shape For Long Distance Running

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Should I stop running if I get shin splints (pain in the tibia due to long distance running)?

Should I stop running if I get shin splints (pain in the tibia due to long distance running)?

Short term: Shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome, is best treated with rest, ice and over the counter anti inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. It may be prudent to take a week off and gradually return to your routine. If your pain persists, a visit to your doctor may be warranted. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can long distance running stunt growth in children?

Can long distance running stunt growth in children?

Maybe : The effect of running depends on the distance and the age of child. A prepubertal child who runs longs distances and does not maintain adequate nutrition may not have the needed building blocks for growth. A separate issue is the effect on bones as far as density and injury is concerned. Excessive running and loss of necessary body fat will interfere with menstrual cycles in girls. ...Read more

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Is it possible to win at the olympics at long distance running by starting training at the age of 19 years? I have an ectomorph body type.

Is it possible to win at the olympics at long distance running by starting training at the age of 19 years? I have an ectomorph body type.

Yes!: But possible & probable are two different things, not to dash your hopes. Perhaps, rather than focus on winning at the olympics, you can set a goal of personal achievement, say participating in a 1 mile event, then walking a 5k before running a 10k and then moving towards half-marathon & full marathon. Some folks like ultra-marathons. You're a winner just by trying. As nike logo says, just do it! ...Read more

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What are the best long distance running shoes for over pronation?

I would recommend : An orthotic to control the biomechanics and worry less on which exact sneaker. ...Read more

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I am getting rashes under my breasts from long distance running. They are very painful. How do I still long distance run sans rash?

I am getting rashes under my breasts from long distance running. They are very painful. How do I still long distance run sans rash?

Inter trigo: Fungus thrives in the moist warm areas of the body like arm pits & under the breasts etc Apply anti fungal cream after making the area dry. Tea tre oil is a good anti fungal agent- now available in most stores- Walmart,CVS,Walgreens etc etc. ...Read more

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Any suggestions for alleviating feet soreness in the morning which is caused by high impact activity? I. E. Long distance running, Thai boxing, skippi

Feet pain: Listen to your body and see a foot specialist.Foot disorders from high impact training are very common and can last for weeks/months/years if not treated promptly and properly.Also, your local new ballance store can be helpful. ...Read more

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Experiencing dull ache on outside of foot and outer base when stationary but painful when I start to walk. Been doing long distance running ?

Experiencing dull ache on outside of foot and outer base when stationary but painful when I start to walk. Been doing long distance running ?

R/O STRESS FRACTURE: You need an exam and X-rays to evaluate for stress fracture in the foot. If X-rays are negative then a bone scan may need to be done.Seek evaluation by internist and otto or podiatrist. ...Read more

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Im an athlete, I play water polo, football, And do some long distance running. Will taking prednisolone 50mg per day HUGELY impact my lifestyle?

Im an athlete, I play water polo, football, And do some long distance running. Will taking prednisolone 50mg per day HUGELY impact my lifestyle?

Steroids: Carry quite a bit of long term side effects, can make you gain weight, weaken your muscles and predispose you to hypertension and diabetes. If your doctor has alternatives for long term treatment it would be better ...Read more

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My foot is sore on d sole all d time, I do long distance running and runners told me its dis plantis fascis thing any solutions pls.?

My foot is sore on d sole all d time, I do long distance running and runners told me its dis plantis fascis thing any solutions pls.?

Plantar Fasciitis: It does sound like plantar fasciitis. Depending on how long it has been going on, the treatment will vary. If it is just starting, make sure your shoes are not worn out (they have limited life, like tires), check into orthotics to support your arch, ice and rest. If it has been going for a while, you likely will need physical therapy before returning to running with orthotics. See doctor. ...Read more

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I am a 14 year old girl that does a lot of long distance running. Is a resting heart rate of 42-48 bpm too slow?

I am a 14 year old girl that does a lot of long distance running. Is a resting heart rate of 42-48 bpm too slow?

Bradycardia : It is slow but seen commonly in people who are involved in sports , as long as it dies not lead to any symptoms, it does not require intervention if it is only sinus bradycardia ... ...Read more

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Long distance running vs. Walking abunch of miles everyday. Which of the two would have more of an effect on skinniness of the legs and also the thinness of the bones?

Long distance running vs. Walking abunch of miles everyday.  Which of the two would have more of an effect on skinniness of the legs and also the thinness of the bones?

Well: Running will not be good for thin legs and if the bones are frail it may cause more harm than good. You want to do cardio, maybe use a stairmaster and do wieght bearing excercises that strengthen bone and increase muscle mass. Brisk walking is good for your heart and endurance but if you want real physcial change involving increased muscle tone, wt bearing will need to b involved. Gd luc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get bruised knees and ankles from running long distance, how so?

Is it possible to get bruised knees and ankles from running long distance, how so?

NEED FOR CUSHION!: Most shoes aren't always what is bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! there are many possibe reasons that you may have painful feet, but try cushioning arch supports like spenco polysorb cross-trainers(http://www.Spenco.Com/products/footcare/poly-sorb). If these don't help, see a podiatrist.... Also try an otc anti-inflammatory, like aleve (naproxen). ...Read more

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What to do if I do not feel tired from running long distance?

What to do if I do not feel tired from running long distance?

Check your shoes: Make sure they are not wearing out. Most athletic shoes have a rated life of about 450-500 miles. If you have more miles on them, consider replacing them. Make sure you hydrate and are not increasing your speed or distance faster than you can handle. Consider OTC arch supports, and if these do not help, see a podiatrist for help. ...Read more

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I do not feel tired from running long distance, should I be concerned?

No. Consider your--: Self lucky. Every one wants to get to the stage where you are. As long as you are not having any symptoms and are eating healthy, i wouldn't worry at all. If still concerned, see your pcp. ...Read more

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Do listening music help me while I am running long distance for cardio exercises?

Do listening music help me while I am running long distance for cardio exercises?

Yes: Good music that you enjoy can improve your mood and keep you centered while you run. If you get bored while running, it will keep you involved, and you'll be more likely to run longer distances. ...Read more

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Why does my lower back hurt when i get through running long distances?

2+ possibilities : Multiple possibilities: one, pain from an irritated intervertebral disk (such as one with a small tear) can increase after repetitive impact exercise such as running. A less common cause and sometimes related to disk pain is a postural issue, such as if a runner has a hyperlordotic (increased low back) curve, creating a mechanical cause for pain. Rarely, slippage of vertebrae can be a cause. ...Read more